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Wednesday, June 3, 2009


(Pic: Steve Fataar)
Popular music personality to appear for Luna Lounge on June 5.

Steve Fataar’s made a new band! And he’s apparently written a heap of new songs, and will also be sharing a few of the old Flames songs in a performance presented by Luna Lounge at its new venue in Kloof on June 5.

The eldest of six children, growing up in Greyville and later in Sydenham, Steve Fataar was a fast learner and was pushed up in school, matriculating at the age of 15. He picked up a guitar, and was soon learning all the well-known songs on the circuit – teaching his brothers “Brother” and Ricky the bass and drums as he got a feel for the instruments himself.

The band morphed a few times – always bearing the brothers as original members and always including a friend. It was only when Blondie Chaplin joined the band – the Flames - that the brothers believed they had come to the true incarnation of a band that would rock the country, creating something akin to Beatle mania on SA soil Their hit rendition of For Your Precious Love topped the charts for 13 weeks straight.

The natural progression was to visit England and America, and so it was that the Flames received a record deal from Brother Records – headed by Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, recording the album See the Light which made it to the American Bill Board Charts.

After much success and, just as they were offered an international record deal, the band had had their full and they split up - each of them going their own ways. Ricky and Blondie merged with the Beach Boys, Brother went to Amsterdam (where he later died) and Steve came home to Africa, Durban and met the mother of his children – Marianne.

Steve Fataar and his new band wll play on June 5 at 19h00 at Luna Lounge’s venue at 16 Dan Pienaar Road near Kloof High School. Entrance R50. Bookings on 074 1192 999.